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Brendan Rodgers' job came under further pressure as Liverpool were defeated 3-0 by rivals Manchester United on Sunday.

Wayne Rooney opened the scoring for the Red Devils after just 12 minutes when he converted Antonio Valencia's cross, just seconds after Raheem Sterling had missed a glorious chance for the away side the other end.

Juan Mata then doubled United's lead five minutes before half-time, heading past Brad Jones, a goal that looked to be offside. Robin van Persie wrapped the three points up for the home side as they took their win streak to six victories in the Premier League.

The starting XI

Brad Jones 6.5

The Australian replaced Simon Mignolet in goal and didn't put in a bad shift. He made decent stops from van Persie and Mata in the second-half and seemed to control his box with confidence. Likely to keep his place in the future, however, could have maybe done better to stop Rooney's goal.

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Glen Johnson 5

Didn't really do too much before being forced off with injury but gave the ball away too easily several times.

Martin Skrtel 6

The Slovakian has performed worse this season and had a fairly sound game. He kept van Persie relatively quiet, but, allowed the Dutchman far too much room to flick on Ashley Young's cross that lead to Mata's strike.

Dejan Lovren 4

Lovren's woe's continue at the Reds. His clearance that lead to RVP's goal was disgraceful, something you would see from a hungover, Sunday league player. Didn't ever look confident when on the ball and when United were on the charge - his place has to be at question.

Alberto Moreno 5

He didn't quite know what his role was and you have to have a bit of sympathy for him. Tried to help out in the attack, but, didn't see enough of the ball when he did so and failed to take down Steven Gerrard's long ball in a dangerous position. Caught out of position for Rooney's strike.

Steven Gerrard 6.5

Gerrard too could not recognise his role. He's played both deep and further forward this season and was confused of his task. The Liverpool captain did distribute the ball well, highlighted when his long ball found Moreno and the Spaniard should have done better. Looked up for the game and threw a number of tackles in but didn't have the help from his team-mates.

Jordan Henderson 4.5

Offered little in the game and his abilities have to be questioned. There were times when he was in threatening positions, one in particular in the first-half but chose to not take responsibility and try and hit a pass that was never there. 

Joe Allen 3

Anonymous throughout the game. Allen looked like a schoolboy in the centre-of-midfield, bullied off the ball too easily, too often and did not help out at the back.

Philippe Coutinho 4

Offered little going forward and is badly struggling for form. Coutinho never threatened going forward and looked lost at times. Failed to track Rooney for his goal and his distribution was not good, either.

Adam Lallana 7

A bright spark in the first-half. The England international hit a beautiful pass to Sterling in the first-half and made plenty of several turns that won his team dangerous free-kicks. Given himself strong claims to have a lengthy run in the Liverpool side but was brought off at half-time when presumably injured.

Raheem Sterling 7

The youngster showed he is still not mature as a footballer yet. His missed several chances in the first-half that should have went in and Liverpool were punished for his misses. However, Sterling did threaten, particularly in the first-period but his missed effort in the second-half when one-on-one with David De Gea was poor and should have struck the shot with his left-foot.

Substitutes

Kolo Toure 6.5

Brought leadership to the Liverpool defence in a system he is not comfortable playing. 

Mario Balotelli 6

Missed several chances for the Reds that should have been converted. Became frustrated through those efforts and could have improved his work-rate.

Lazar Markovic 6.5

The Serb continued his good form from midweek and looked bright on the ball. Went on a superb run and hit and inch-perfect pass to play Balotelli in.

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